William E. (Bill) Matthews began his 53rd year in the communications business in Kentucky in 2014.

A native of Shelbyville and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Bill spent 10 years in the CIA where he was directly or indirectly involved in three international conflicts, the Hungarian Revolution, The Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Bill left the agency in 1962 to purchase The Shelby Sentinel in Shelbyville, In 1968 Bill and seven other Kentucky publishers merged their newspapers into a shareholder owned company, Newspapers Inc. Bill served as General Manager of the company until the sale to Landmark Communications, Norfolk, Virginia in 1973. Bill remained with Landmark until 1975 when he resigned in order to establish another company in northern Kentucky. He also launched The Reds Alert, a weekly publication focusing on the Cincinnati Reds, in 1974.

Over the next 25 years Bill established and sold three different companies. He and a partner acquired Back Home In Kentucky magazine in 2000, and in 2009 his partner’s interest was acquired by Mae Peniston of New Castle, Kentucky. Bill and Mae are co-owners and equal partners of the parent company, Historic Kentucky, Inc.

During his newspaper days Bill’s newspapers won numerous awards from the Kentucky and Hoosier Press Associations. Back Home In Kentucky won the Media Award from the Kentucky Historical Society three consecutive years (2003-2005).

Bill is a past president of both the Kentucky Weekly Newspapers Association (1966) and the Kentucky Press Association (1967). Bill served as president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club (1969), Shelby County Historical Society (2005-2006, and is presently serving as president of Friends of the Shelby County Library (2012 – present).

Bill has been directly or indirectly involved in the publishing of five hardcover books: The New History of Shelby County (of which he is the Associate Editor), published by the Shelby County Historical Society; and 2005 Kentucky’s Civil War 1861-1865, published by Back Home In Kentucky. In 2008, Historic Kentucky published Portrait of the Past, Shelby County, Kentucky 1865– 1980 and in 2012 Historic Kentucky published a four-color Living History – Shelby County, Kentucky 2011 which was followed in 2013 by a publication Historic Kentucky Postcard Art 1900 – 2013 – Shelby, Henry, Spencer Counties. Our latest book Editor, Actor, Ballplayer, Spy - Autobiography of Shelbyville, Kentucky's Award-Winning Bill Matthews made its debut May 2014.

Mae Hall Peniston, has enjoyed a strong career in administration and community service.

Mae was with NASA in California for five years (where she studied at Fullerton Junior College for two years), then with Kentucky State Government before becoming administrative assistant to the President of Newspapers Inc. in 1968.She stayed with Newspapers Inc. until 1972 when she married Louis T. Peniston, prominent attorney and legislator. Until his death in 2005 Mae functioned as Louis’s principal assistant in his law office in New Castle and in Frankfort where he served as both a state representative and state senator.

In 2008 Mae joined Bill Matthews as co-owner and equal partner of Historic Kentucky Inc. Their first project together was the publishing in 2008 The Portrait of the Past, Shelby County, Kentucky, 1865-1980.

Mae is a past president of the Democratic Woman’s Club of Kentucky (1982-1984) and a recipient of the Democratic Woman’s Club of Kentucky’s Anne Shanks Bourne Award in 1992 and a former four-terms Regent of the Bland Ballard Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a member of The Capital Chapter, Professional Secretaries, Inc. and a member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a charter member and director of the Henry County Historical Society.

Mae was the first woman clerk of the Henry County Baptist Association (1975 – 1982).

Her hobbies include writing, flower gardening, and gourmet cooking.

Friends of the Library - Shelbyville, KY.

Bill is President of the Friends of the Library which has raised nearly $10,000 the past two years to help underwrite library projects and a school literacy program sponsored by The Sentinel-News. The money raised by the annual Bookfest is shared equally by the Friends and the newspaper.

Mae is standing in front of Bill,on left.

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